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Cincinnati Reds Play Home Run Derby in 15-0 Win Over the Washington Nationals

April 5th, 2013 at 10:29 PM
By Cody Dalga

After displaying their power in the series finale again the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Cincinnati Reds played their own home run derby with six home runs in a 15-0 win over the Washington Nationals. 

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Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart both had multi-home run games.

Both took Nationals starter Dan Haren deep in the bottom of the second inning. It was Frazier's second home run of the season and Cozart's first. Cozart was hitless in his first 11 at-bats.

The Reds continued the derby in the third inning with Cozart's second home run on the afternoon. It was a three-run blast that put Cincinnati up 5-0. 

In the fourth, Shin-Soo Choo joined the party and hit a solo shot. It was his second home run in two games. 

Zack Cozart, who had a career high five RBI's, hit a sacrifice fly to plate Todd Frazier. Both teams stayed quiet in the sixth inning.

In the seventh, the Reds opened up the flood gates. Jay Bruce, who had one hit coming into the game, doubled home Brandon Phillips for his first RBI of the year. Frazier then decided he wasn't done playing long-ball yet and smashed his second home run of the game plating Bruce. It gave the Reds a 10-0 lead.

After two singles and a walk loaded the bases, Xavier Paul was called upon to pinch-hit for Chris Heisey. Paul took a 2-1 pitch and launched into the seats for a Grand Slam extending the lead to 14-0. 

But the Reds weren't done yet. In the bottom of the eighth, Bruce laced another double only to be scored by the next batter, Todd Frazier, he finished with four hits and four RBI's on the night.

In total, Cincinnati totaled 19 hits.  

Homer Bailey, who started on the mound for the Reds, had a quality start going six innings while only allowing two hits. 

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W: Bailey (1-0)   L: Haren (0-1)

Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Chris Heisey, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, homer bailey, Jay Bruce, MLB, Shin-Soo Choo, todd frazier, Xavier Paul, zack cozart

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